Damien uses early breaks to roll past Ayala

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We played well and hard and jumped on them early. We took advantage of our opportunities,” Spartan coach Scott Morrison said. Ayala’s first solid drive paid off when Herman Kucukkoseoglu ran for 23 hard-fought yards after a Spartan fumble gave them the ball at the 48. A Damien penalty moved the ball within striking distance for the Bulldogs to the 11-yard line. Then Kucukkoseoglu cashed in on the Damien fumble, rumbling 11 yards for the score at 10:09 in the second period. The Bulldogs tacked on an extra touchdown late with only four seconds remaining in the game. Ayala’s six turnovers helped a very opportunistic defense gear up for Diamond Bar next week. “We have got to get better on the line going into next week,” Morrison said. “We didn’t run the ball as well as we wanted.” The next possession for Ayala ended the same as the last, this time with QB Matt Baca being picked off leading to a 13-yard scamper by Dominic Brown on the next Damien play from scrimmage. The door slammed shut on Ayala when Spartan QB Mark Mendrun connected with Alex Thompson for a 25-yard strike at 4:05 in the first period giving them a 21-0 lead and they didn’t look back. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img By the time the first period ended the Damien Spartans amassed 21 points on three Ayala turnovers en route to an easy 41-14 victory. The Spartans (5-1, 1-0) took advantage of the Bulldogs at 7:54 in the first period when Ryan Farrar intercepted Bulldog QB Charlie Barcelo for a four-yard TD. last_img

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